What is biohacking?
Biohacking is the practice of using self-quantified measures to experiment and track anything that might give us the most optimal results in our lives. Using biological and scientifically proven methods, biohacking helps us to uncover hidden potential. Biohacking can be anything that is meant to enhance our happiness, health and performance in all areas of life.
“If we want better outputs—to have more energy and focus, to be free of disease, to have a better memory, to perform optimally in business and athletics—then let’s tweak the things we put into our body and mind to stack the deck in our favor.” – Dave Asprey, Bulletproof dude
Put simply, biohacking is the mindful, constant pursuit to discover the best version of ourselves.
I have compiled a list of 10 simple biohacks to help get you started. These are just of a few of the “crazy”, but rewarding hacks in the beautiful world of biohacking.
1. The Law of Attraction
We are all vulnerable to the governing rules of the Universe. One of these rules is the Law of Attraction. The law of attraction is the ability to attract into our lives whatever we are focusing on.
This law uses the power of the mind to translate our thoughts and materialize them into reality.
If you focus on only the negatives of every situation that will be what you attract. If you focus on only positive thoughts and build your life around being an extremely loving and purposeful being, you will attract a more fulfilling life.
The Law of Attraction is one of life’s biggest mysteries and few people are aware of it. And you have nothing to gain by not believing.
Earthing is the process of placing your bare feet on the ground whether it be dirt, grass, sand or concrete.
Research indicates that electrons from the Earth have antioxidant effects that can protect your body from inflammation because the positive electrons in free radicals can build up in our bodies.
When we ground ourselves with the Earth, the ground serves as a negative charge that helps to balance and release the positive (bad) electrons in our bodies
Crazy right? It’s too simple not to try.
Inversion is the practice of keeping your heart higher than your head, like hanging upside down for example. Inversion therapy helps your body to recover from the compressive effects of gravity and daily activities.
Scientifically, it has been proven to be helpful for a number of different things including boosting brain function, spinal health and improving blood circulation.
Just lie upside down.
4. Contrast/cold Showers
Contrast showers (hot to cold, cold to hot) or extended periods of just cold water have incredible benefits that range from burning more fat to improving skin quality.
For example, you might blast some cold water on specific parts of your body for about 15-30 seconds. Then, switch back to warm water for 15 seconds. Then end on cold as you get out of the shower. Such a simple way that leads to massive health benefits.
You might not believe me but I only wash my face with cold water for this reason. I know you probably don’t like this idea, but it is a simple hack you can do daily (or occasionally) in the shower.
Better yet, check out cryotherapy.
5. Sunlight in the morning to sync circadian rhythm
Want to feel more awake and alert during the day? How about getting a better night’s sleep? Science has shown that morning sunlight can be the solution.
Your circadian rhythm (also known as your sleep/wake cycle or body clock) is a natural, internal system that’s designed to regulate feelings of sleepiness and wakefulness over a 24-hour period.
The simple hack is to get sunlight in the morning to get your circadian rhythm on the right track.
6. Reduce artificial light
You know those weird orange glasses Bono wears? Did you know there is a purpose behind them? Did you know that I hate U2?
Like getting sunlight in the morning, artificial light can negatively affect your circadian rhythm. Blocking blue light helps your internal clock understand sleep patterns and other body functions.
Anytime you are indoors, wearing the blue blocker sunglasses can be a great way to not affect your sleep if you are looking at TV’s, phones, or laptops in the evening. Who wouldn’t benefit from better sleep?
Whether you buy them or not, a replacement hack is to avoid screens an hour before bed.
7. Speed up podcasts
Tired of the long, drawn out episodes? Want to listen to more podcasts? Speed up the episodes to 1.5x or 2x to get your information quicker.
Because let’s be honest, are you really retaining everything from a podcast episode anyway?
I’m sure you have heard it time and time again to meditate. But have you ever done it? If you stick with it and develop your own routine, you can significantly affect your happiness. Something that the majority of this world needs.
Meditation has been proven to be one of the most effective ways to greater self-awareness. Take a look at 76 scientifically proven benefits that you can achieve by doing as little as 5-minutes a day.
9. MCT oil
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) are easily digested and provide a great source of energy. Because of their medium chain fatty structure, they bypass digestion and go straight to the liver to help you burn more fat and help boost cognitive function.
MCT oil is right for everyone and has amazing benefits. If not MCT oil, get coconut oil.
10. Optimize coffee drinking
Coffee is pretty amazing. So is caffeine. Did you know that there are optimal times to drink your coffee?
Cortisol helps regulate energy balance and is secreted throughout the day with a peak around the time of awakening. If you are constantly drinking caffeine when your cortisol levels peaked out, your energy receptors can become reliant on caffeine instead of producing energy naturally.
A great way to avoid this is to drink your coffee an hour after waking. Also, don’t be afraid to eat the coffee beans for an energy boost as well!
There are tons of amazing biohacks out there and these are only a few. Whether you pick one of these, all of these, or something from a different list, what matters is that you are getting out of your comfort zone.
The important takeaway is to become more mindful of the many things in life that bring us joy. At its simplest, biohacking is meant to uncover the best versions of ourselves. What you’re tracking and how you’re tracking it does not matter.
My heartfelt wish is for everyone to start living by beginning to test and tweak everything in your life that might make you even 10% happier. Greatness is within us and all around us and it is one’s moral obligation to fulfill their destiny. Always experiment. Always grow. And remember to have fun!
Do you have any awesome biohacks? I would love to hear about them! Send me a note or add to the discussion in the comments below!